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ALASKA

Alaska is a constituent state of the United States of America with the longest coastline in the US. Alaska lies at the extreme northwest of the entire North American continent. The boundaries inclusive of Alaska are Beaufort Sea and Arctic Ocean to the north, Canada’s Yukon territory and British Columbia province to the east, the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean to the south, the Bering Strait and the Bering Sea to the west and the Chukchi Sea to the northwest. It was declared the 49th state on January 3, 1959.

The United States territories lack the peculiar and distinctive flag design. In such circumstances, Alaska took a hold on a competition in 1926 with the astonishment of getting a distinctive territorial flag. The sponsor of the competition was the American Legion and in the following year of competition, the legislature of Alaska approved a winning design. The design was approved and adopted even after the Alaskan territory became a state in 1959.

The winner of the design competition was a 13-years-old boy living in an orphanage whose name was Benny Benson. This child created such a remarkable design with beautiful symbols and color inclusion. The design is straightforward, representing Alaskan background and peculiarities. The dark blue color on the flag symbolizes the Alaskan sky and the forget-me-not-flowers announce the arrival of spring. The stars alignment showing polaris and ursa major constellations are seen clearly from Alaskan sky and are illustrated in flags in gold or yellow. The North star i.e. polaris is the representation of Alaska as the northernmost part of the United States.